By Michael Giles

SO it’s the end of another year.
And as a Tiger supporter, I’ve got to say that 2017 was one of the best years we’ve had for decades!
And that certainly goes for the Bass Coast Shire Council, which under its new council regime, and especially with an excellent leader in Cr Pamela Rothfield at the helm, they’ve almost completely turned community sentiment around and made it a priority to simply “get on with the job”.
They’ve had an excellent year doing that.
Their support for the Wonthaggi Secondary College project and three-court stadium was crucial in it winning state funding. And we can all share in that!
But of course they haven’t done everything right and the Cowes car ferry is looming as a problem issue for them.
They also need to continue to drive efficiencies within the organisation and to attract more government funding for the infrastructure improvements needed around the shire.
But in general terms, they get a big tick for improvement.
The South Gippsland Shire Council? Not so much.
They’ve had a cow of a year with in-fighting, distractions, secrecy and self-interest cruelling their efforts on behalf of the ratepayers.
However while it would be easy to focus on the politics (and what a disgrace it was for Barnaby Joyce to sack an excellent performer like Gippsland’s own Darren Chester), it’s probably time to press the “pause” button on the news and enjoy the holidays.
And what a fantastic place we live in right here in South Gippsland and Bass Coast.
From Yarram in the east, past the fishing at Port Albert and Port Welshpool, to Agnes Falls, the Prom, Waratah Bay, the delightful coastal village of Inverloch, and on further to some of the best surfing spots in the world on Phillip Island… we’ve got it all right here.
No need to go anywhere else for a great break.
For the next four weeks we have to share paradise with the visitors and absentee landowners but we can certainly afford to do it with a smile on our face, knowing we have it all to ourselves for 11 months of the year.
Hope you all have a safe holiday, take care on the roads and have a Happy New Year! See you in 2018.